Wednesday, December 31, 1986

Dave’s Faves: My Album Collection in 1986

Dave’s Faves:

My Album Collection in 1986

By year’s end, this was what my collection looked like. Albums acquired in 1986 are marked with an asterisk.

  1. Aha Hunting High and Low (1985) *
  2. Aha Scoundrel Days (1986) *
  3. Air Supply Lost in Love (1980)
  4. Air Supply The One That You Love (1981)
  5. Alabama Greatest Hits (compilation: 1980-86, released 1986) *
  6. Alabama The Touch (1986)
  7. Asia Asia (1982)
  8. Asia Alpha (1983)
  9. Asia Astra (1985)

  10. Bangles Different Light (1986) *
  11. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  12. The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
  13. The Beatles Hey Jude (1968)
  14. The Beatles 1962-1966 (compilation: 1962-66, released 1973)
  15. The Beatles 1967-1970 (compilation: 1967-70, released 1973)
  16. The Beatles 20 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1962-70, released 1982) *
  17. Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion (1980)
  18. Pat Benatar Get Nervous (1982)
  19. Pat Benatar Live from Earth (live, 1983)
  20. Pat Benatar Tropico (1984)
  21. Pat Benatar Seven the Hard Way (1985)

  22. Berlin Pleasure Victim (1983) *
  23. Berlin Love Life (1984) *
  24. Berlin Count Three and Pray (1986) *
  25. Blondie Parallel Lines (1978)
  26. Blondie Eat to the Beat (1979)
  27. Boomtown Rats In the Long Grass (1984) *
  28. Boston Third Stage (1986) *

  29. Chicago Chicago 16 (1982)
  30. Chicago Chicago 17 (1984)
  31. Phil Collins No Jacket Required (1985)

  32. David + David Boomtown (1986) *
  33. Def Leppard Pyromania (1983)
  34. John Denver Greatest Hits (compilation: 1969-72, released 1973)
  35. Dennis DeYoung Desert Moon (1984)
  36. Dennis DeYoung Back to the World (1986) *
  37. Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (1985)
  38. Neil Diamond The Jazz Singer (soundtrack, 1980)

  39. Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (compilation: 1971-75, released 1976)
  40. Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 2 (released 1982)
  41. Eurythmics In the Garden (1981)
  42. Eurythmics Sweet Dreams Are Made of This (1983)
  43. Eurythmics Touch (1983)
  44. Eurythmics 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) (1984)
  45. Eurythmics Be Yourself Tonight (1985)

  46. Dan Fogelberg Greatest Hits (compilation: 1972-82, released 1982)
  47. Foreigner 4 (1981)
  48. Foreigner Records (compilation: 1976-82, released 1982)
  49. Foreigner Agent Provocateur (1984)

  50. Peter Gabriel So (1986) *
  51. J. Geils Band Freeze Frame (1981)
  52. Genesis Genesis (1983)
  53. Genesis Invisible Touch (1986) *

  54. Daryl Hall & John Oates H2O (1982)
  55. Daryl Hall & John Oates Rock ‘N’ Soul Part I (compilation: (1973-83, released 1983)
  56. Don Henley Building the Perfect Beast (1984)
  57. Hooters Nervous Night (1985)

  58. Michael Jackson Off the Wall (1979)
  59. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
  60. Billy Joel Turnstiles (1976) *
  61. Billy Joel The Stranger (1977)
  62. Billy Joel The Nylon Curtain (1982)
  63. Billy Joel An Innocent Man (1983)
  64. Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & II (compilation: 1973-85, released 1985)
  65. Billy Joel The Bridge (1986) *
  66. Journey Captured (live, 1981)
  67. Journey Escape (1981)
  68. Journey Frontiers (1983)
  69. Journey Raised on Radio (1986) *

  70. Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual (1983)
  71. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
  72. Huey Lewis & the News Sports (1983)

  73. Barry Manilow Greatest Hits (compilation, released 1978)
  74. Marillion Script for a Jester’s Tear (1983) *
  75. Marillion Fugazi (1984) *
  76. Marillion Real to Reel (live, 1984) *
  77. Marillion Misplaced Childhood (1985) *
  78. Marillion Brief Encounter (EP, 1986) *
  79. John Cougar (Mellencamp) American Fool (1982)
  80. John Cougar Mellencamp Uh-Huh (1983)
  81. John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow (1985)
  82. Men at Work Business As Usual (1981)
  83. Men at Work Cargo (1983)
  84. Men at Work Two Hearts (1985)
  85. The Moody Blues This Is the Moody Blues (compilation: 1967-72, released 1974) *
  86. The Moody Blues Voices in the Sky (compilation: 1967-82, released 1984) *
  87. The Moody Blues The Other Side of Life (1986) *

  88. Olivia Newton-John Greatest Hits (compilation: 1971-76, released 1977)
  89. Olivia Newton-John Totally Hot (1978)
  90. Olivia Newton-John/Electric Light Orchestra Xanadu (soundtrack, 1980)
  91. Olivia Newton-John Physical (1981)
  92. Olivia Newton-John Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (compilation: 1978-82, released 1982)
  93. Olivia Newton-John Soul Kiss (1985)
  94. Stevie Nicks The Wild Heart (1983)

  95. Alan Parsons Project I Robot (1977) *
  96. Alan Parsons Project The Turn of a Friendly Card (1980) *
  97. Alan Parsons Project Eye in the Sky (1982) *
  98. Alan Parsons Project The Best of (compilation: 1977-83, released 1983)
  99. Alan Parsons Project Ammonia Avenue (1984)
  100. Alan Parsons Project Vulture Culture (1985)
  101. Alan Parsons Project Stereotomy (1986) *
  102. Steve Perry Street Talk (1984)
  103. Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
  104. Pink Floyd The Wall (1979)
  105. The Police Outlandos D’Amour (1978)
  106. The Police Reggatta De Blanc (1979)
  107. The Police Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)
  108. The Police Ghost in the Machine (1981)
  109. The Police Synchronicity (1983)
  110. Prince 1999 (1982)
  111. Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain (1984)
  112. Prince & the Revolution Around the World in a Day (1985)

  113. Queen Greatest Hits (compilation: 1973-81, released 1981)

  114. The Rainmakers The Rainmakers (1986) *
  115. REO Speedwagon Hi Infidelity (1980)
  116. REO Speedwagon Wheels Are Turnin’ (1984)
  117. Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits (compilation: 1977-80, released 1980)
  118. Lionel Richie Can’t Slow Down (1983)
  119. Lionel Richie Dancing on the Ceiling (1986) *
  120. Rush All the World’s a Stage (live, 1976) *
  121. Rush Moving Pictures (1981)
  122. Rush Exit…Stage Left (live, 1981)

  123. Charlie Sexton Pictures for Pleasure (1985) *
  124. Paul Simon Graceland (1986) *
  125. Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978) *
  126. Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
  127. Bruce Springsteen Live 1975/1985 (live box set, 1986) *

  128. Squeeze 45s and Under (compilation: 1977-82, released 1982) *
  129. Squeeze Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (1985) *
  130. Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)
  131. Sting Bring on the Night (live, 1986) *

  132. Styx Styx I (1972)
  133. Styx Styx II (1973)
  134. Styx The Serpent Is Rising (1973) *
  135. Styx Man of Miracles (1974) *
  136. Styx Best of Styx (compilation: 1972-74)
  137. Styx Equinox (1975)
  138. Styx Crystal Ball (1976)
  139. Styx The Grand Illusion (1977)
  140. Styx Pieces of Eight (1978)
  141. Styx Cornerstone (1979)
  142. Styx Paradise Theater (1981)
  143. Styx Kilroy Was Here (1983)
  144. Styx Caught in the Act (live, 1984)
  145. Supertramp Famous Last Words (1982)
  146. Supertramp Brother Where You Bound (1985)

  147. Tears for Fears The Hurting (1983)
  148. Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair (1985)
  149. Toto Toto IV (1982)

  150. U2 War (1983) *
  151. U2 Under a Blood Red Sky (live, 1983) *

  152. Van Halen 5150 (1986) *

  153. John Williams (composer) Star Wars IV: A New Hope (soundtrack, 1977)

  154. Yes The Yes Album (1971)
  155. Yes Fragile (1971)
  156. Yes Classic Yes (compilation: 1971-77, released 1981)
  157. Yes 90125 (1983)

  158. ZZ Top Afterburner (1985)

    Various Artists:

  159. Brimstone and Treacle (soundtrack, 1982)
  160. Flashdance (soundtrack, 1983)
  161. Footloose (soundtrack, 1984)
  162. K-Tel: High Energy (1979)
  163. K-Tel: Starflight (1979)
  164. K-Tel: Wings of Sound (1979)
  165. Legend (soundtrack, 1986) *
  166. Pretty in Pink (soundtrack, 1986) *
  167. St. Elmo’s Fire (soundtrack, 1985) *
  168. Two of a Kind (soundtrack, 1983)
  169. Vision Quest (soundtrack, 1985)
  170. We Are the World (1985)

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First posted 8/31/2021.

Pop Memories 1890-1954 – Top 100 Artists

image from recordresearch.com

This list is taken from page 623 of Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954. That book was designed as a companion to the Billboard books which tracked the songs which charted on the Hot 100 from 1955 to the present. The book lists acts alphabetically and all their hits, including peak position and date first charted. This list was created by totaling each act’s chart points.

1. Bing Crosby
2. Paul Whiteman
3. Guy Lombardo
4. Tommy Dorsey
5. Billy Murray
6. Benny Goodman
7. Glenn Miller
8. Henry Burr
9. Peerless Quartet
10. Harry MacDonough

11. Ben Selvin
12. Ted Lewis
13. Al Jolson
14. Sammy Kaye
15. Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan
16. Perry Como
17. Jimmy Dorsey
18. Frank Sinatra
19. Charles Adams Prince
20. The Andrews Sisters

21. Freddy Martin
22. Kay Kyser
23. John McCormack
24. Leo Reisman
25. Isham Jones
26. Rudy Vallee
27. Eddy Duchin
28. American Quartet
29. Dinah Shore
30. Harry James

31. Jo Stafford
32. Haydn Quartet
33. Ada Jones
34. Duke Ellington
35. Louis Armstrong
36. Vaughn Monroe
37. Fats Waller
38. Glen Gray
39. Jan Garber
40. Hal Kemp

41. The Mills Brothers
42. Ruth Etting
43. Byron Harlan
44. Gene Austin
45. Ray Noble
46. Russ Morgan
47. Nat Shilkret
48. Fred Waring
49. Arthur Collins
50. Nat “King” Cole

51. Albert Campbell
52. Artie Shaw
53. George Olsen
54. Horace Heidt
55. Len Spencer
56. Frankie Laine
57. Ada Jones and Billy Murray
58. Enrico Caruso
59. Woody Herman
60. Frank Stanley

61. Marion Harris
62. Cal Stewart
63. The Ink Spots
64. Eddy Howard
65. Ella Fitzgerald
66. Ben Bernie
67. Dick Haymes
68. Walter Van Brunt
69. Patti Page
70. Nora Bayes

71. Dan Quinn
72. Eddie Fisher
73. Bob Crosby
74. Fred Astaire
75. Larry Clinton
76. Cab Calloway
77. Shep Fields
78. Margaret Whiting
79. George J. Gaskin
80. Charles Harrison

81. Doris Day
82. Bert Williams
83. Billie Holiday
84. Teddy Wilson
85. Ozzie Nelson
86. J.W. Myers
87. Ted Weems
88. Wayne King
89. Tony Martin
90. Vic Damone

91. Lewis James
92. Frank Crumit
93. Peggy Lee
94. Vincent Lopez
95. Cliff Edwrads
96. John Phillip Sousa
97. Vess Ossman
98. Connee Boswell
99. Kay Starr
100. Johnny Mercer


Resources:
  • Joel Whitburn (1991). Pop Memories 1890-1954. Record Research: Menomonee Falls, WI. Page 623.

Saturday, December 20, 1986

The Bangles hit #1 with “Walk Like an Egyptian”

First posted 12/8/2020.

Walk Like an Egyptian

The Bangles

Writer(s): Liam Sternberg (see lyrics here)


Released: September 1, 1986


First Charted: September 13, 1986


Peak: 14 US, 11 CB, 12 RR, 1 CO, 3 UK, 11 CN, 12 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.25 UK, 1.3 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 109.34 video, -- streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

Liam Sternberg was part of the Akron, Ohio, music scene in the ‘70s. He worked with Jane Aire & the Belvederes and wrote songs for Rachel Sweet, but didn’t find any real success. He did, however, find one-hit wonder status as a songwriter with “Walk Like an Egytian.” While riding a ferry boat across the English Channel, he noticed that as people struggled to maintain their balance, they held up their arms like they were doing Egyptian movements. SF

He recorded a demo of the song with singer Marti Jones in 1984. He offered it to Toni Basil, who had a #1 hit in 1982 with “Mickey,” but she turned it down. Lene Lovich recorded the song, but she decided to take a break from music to raise a family and the song went unreleased. Dave Kahne, who produced the Bangles’ Different Light album, got a copy of the demo and presented it to the Bangles.

He had each of the four members sing the song, eventually opting to have Vicki Peterson, Michael Steele, and Susanna Hoffs each sing a verse. WK Kahne didn’t like Debbie Peterson’s vocal, so he relegated her to backing vocals. She was even more angry when a drum machine was also used instead of her drumming. WK As for the whistling in the song – none of them do it. It was done by machine. WK

The band didn’t think the song would be released because it was “a goofy romp” and “too weird.” SF However, it was the third single from the Different Light album, following the success of the #2 hit “Manic Monday” and “If She Knew What She Wants” (#29). It became their best-selling album with 3 million copies and highest charting, reaching #2. Not only did “Walk Like an Egyptian” go to #1 in the U.S., but became Billboard magazine’s top song of the year.


Resources and Related Links:

  • DMDB encyclopedia entry for Bangles
  • DMDB page for parent album Different Light
  • BR1 Fred Bronson (2007). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (4th edition). New York, NY; Billboard Books. Page 656.
  • SF Songfacts
  • WK Wikipedia

The Beastie Boys charted with “Fight for Your Right”: December 20, 1986

Originally posted December 20, 2011.

image from imstars.aufeminin.com

The fourth single from the Beastie Boys’ debut album made them a household name. Their goofy wit and party atmosphere endured them to millions – millions who flocked to buy the parent album, Licensed to Ill and give the Beasties the distinction of being the first rap group in U.S. history to hit #1 on the Billboard album chart.

The song – and the success of the album – owed much to the Beasties’ combination of metal and rap. The Beastie Boys were “just three kids from rich New York families who liked black culture.” CR With the help of producer Rick Rubin, they merged the sounds of Led Zeppelin with the style of old school rap. It wasn’t the first time rock and rap had found chart success – just months earlier, Rubin helped Run-D.M.C. get a top 5 U.S. pop hit with their remake of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” – aided by Aerosmith’s own Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

“Fight for Your Right” was intended as a parody of the kind of “beer-soaked, panty-raiding rock jam that ruled fraternity houses and dingy bars alike.” TB The video, which depicted “the party that is every suburban parent’s worst nightmare” TB played up the parody and garnered it plenty of spins on MTV.

Unfortunately, as member Mike D said, “There were tons of guys singing along to ‘Fight for Your Right’ who were oblivious to the fact it was a total goof on them.” WK In fact, the song was reportedly cut just as a joke. Once the group became superstars thanks to their new frat-boy fanbase, they played up the roles until, according to Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch, they had become their own joke. SF

In time, the group would come to be very respected for their experimental music and ability to merge different genres. Rap group Public Enemy was on board early, even sampling the song for their own 1988 “Party for Your Right to Fight”.

You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party


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Friday, December 19, 1986

Judge refuses to reinstate a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne’s “Suicide Solution”: December 19, 1986

Originally posted December 19, 2011.



October 26, 1984: 19-year-old John McCullum committed suicide in his home in California. His parents brought a lawsuit against heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and his CBS record label. The McCullums were convinced that the song “Suicide Solution” from Ozzy’s Blizzard of Oz album, played a part in their son’s death. They claimed the song had hidden lyrics which incited their son to kill himself and that the song urged listeners to “get the gun and try it, shoot, shoot, shoot.” HI Osbourne responded that the song was actually anti-suicide, written in response to a musician who drank himself to death, HI supposedly AC/DC’s Bon Scott. WK

The crux of the lawsuit depended on the idea that while it is legal to express a viewpoint or feeling, it is illegal to directly call for any specific violent responses. Specifically, in the case of Brandenburg v. Ohio, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that “expression advocating violent or otherwise illegal behavior only loses First Amendment protection if the expression is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless behavior, and is likely to result in such action.” TJ Because this is hard to prove, similar lawsuits brought against other entertainers have generally failed. On December 19, 1986, a judge in California refused to reinstate the lawsuit.





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